Purdue Polytechnic High School exists to create a seamless transition from high school to college to the high-wage STEM jobs of the future.
How Does Purdue Polytechnic High School Rethink High School?
With the highest rate of Black, Latinx, and students from low-income families passing the ELA and Math tests in Indianapolis Public Schools and all schools in Marion County, Purdue Polytechnic High School delivers on its promise to create a pipeline for first-generation college students into higher education and high-demand STEM careers. This is thanks in part to the relationships PPHS has developed with Purdue University and industry partners like Republic Airways, Citizens Energy Group, IndyGo, and Subaru—companies that provide PPHS students with the chance to think and solve systematically and rigorously, like engineers, using emerging technologies. Instead of traditional courses, students learn academics through several industry-backed design challenges each year. Each challenge is thoughtfully mapped to Indiana standards for high school, Purdue University admission requirements, and Indiana Workforce Development goals. This innovative approach to expanding STEM opportunities is getting the attention it deserves. In just three years, PPHS has already replicated its model with a second and third location, also in partnership with Purdue University, and plans to open additional locations in partnership with other Indiana universities are well underway.
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